T&T Open provides five for BMW Jamaica Classic

By April 01, 2019
T&T Open winner, Chris Richards Snr. T&T Open winner, Chris Richards Snr.

Five golfers from the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago have booked their tickets to the BMW Jamaica Classic, the fifth stop on the PGA LatinoAmerica tour, set for Montego Bay from May 16-19. 

Chris Richards Snr. was the first to stake his claim as winner of the 112th Trinidad & Tobago Open Amateur Golf Championships and Trinidad and Tobago Open last week.

Richards produced scores of 69, 70, 73, and 69 over the course of the four days to come away with a massive nine-shot lead on the field.

Ben Martin, who has also qualified for this year’s Classic as one of three professionals from the twin-island republic, beat Richards on day three and was even with him on the final day but that wasn’t good enough to eclipse T&T’s premier golfer.

Martin would end with scores of 71, 79, 70, and 69, the day-two seven over par causing a real problem.

The third and final professional qualifier from T&T was Dustin Risdon, who started well enough with 69 but fell away on day two with his 77, before having two smashing days that produced a pair of 69s to put him back in the mix.

Among the amateurs, Wan Ju Lee reigned supreme, getting the better of last year’s qualifier from the section, Jonathon Millen.

Lee, who came into the tournament with -2 handicap ended with scores of 74, 76, 73, and 72, which gave him just a three-stroke advantage over Gabriel Vanososte, who came in without a handicap.

Despite the advantage, Vanososte could only manage scores of 73, 76, 70, and 72, the trend of a troublesome day two following him as well.

Millen, who had a -1 handicap, would eventually finish third with scores of 77, 72, 79, and 74.

Among those amateurs, Xzavier Wiggins finished ninth, but was the highest ranked junior, granting him the final place at the Classic.

Wiggins, operating without a handicap, scored 75 on day one, but had a poor day on day two, his 81 pushing him down the table. His scores, continued to be on the higher side, the junior scoring another 81 on day three, before ending with 78.

The five will head to the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego where they will go up against players from over 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, and Venezuela.

Jared Wolfe, a Louisville, Kentucky native, created history as the winner of the inaugural Classic in 2017. With 267 points, Wolfe finished one ahead of Gerardo Ruiz and Jose de Jesus Rodríguez. Another American, Michael Buttacavoli, shot a 21 under par 195, including a course-equaling 10 under par 62, in the third round to win the rain-shortened second staging of the BMW Jamaica Classic in 2018.

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